March 8th, 2013


Back In The Saddle Again

This Isn't How I Was Going To Spend My Spring Break

But I did get the 1996 Blazer back again this morning, all clean and shiny with a new transmission and new smart stalk on the steering wheel. And other things. For $4500.

After checking a few things, I threw it on I-96 back and forth between exits 16 and 19, verifying full 70mph speed and cruise control. The HVAC switch did not get replaced because they found a leak in the 4WD transfer case vacuum switch that let the vacuum lines suck up transmission fluid which not only dried out and rotted the vacuum lines, but also probably damaged the vacuum actuators on the HVAC mixing doors -- we'll put that work off until the summer AC season.

Will go out and do some errands this afternoon, but there's a longer list of things which couldn't get done this week. Which is probably just as well, as I've been keeping things easy as I discovered I'd built up a big blister on my heel and I've been trying to get it on the path to heeling.

Which, as it turned out, I had the time at home to do. Funny how the world works, isn't it?

Dr. Phil

Aw, It Couldn't Last

Back To The Shop

Drove the Teal Machine home. No problem. In the afternoon, I went and got gas -- gas was trending towards four bucks before the Sequester, down to $3.86.9/gal now -- and then drove to Holland for a couple of things. Parked at Big Apple Bagels, took my foot off the brake...

And we rolled backwards.

In Park.

At this point I started back towards Coopersville, and called in. Told them the parking pawl wasn't engaging. Doesn't anyone use that term anymore?

I'd hoped it was just an adjustment. When I had a new transmission thrown on the 1985 Blazer, it wouldn't select 1st Only until the cable was adjusted. Alas, the cable was fraying and coming apart. The mechanic couldn't even start it in Park, had to go to Neutral by the time I got it up there. Of course at 4pm, they can't get the part until Monday.

Thankfully this didn't happen on my commute.

And no, I don't use the parking brake -- can't with my bad leg anyway.

Dr. Phil